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Christmas gifts of cash?

Started 1289751593.953 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1289787618.12 by Hildegarde Withers

Do you think it would be tacky for me to just give my neice's (ages 5-15) cash for Christmas? I bought some gifts already and have been told they already have the toys I bought, so those are going back. I'm really tired of trying to figure out things they'd like that they don't already have or that will fit them. {#emotions_dlg.unsure}

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MopsyGirl1289751731.5532576 PostsRegistered 2/15/2008

My kids (6-12) love getting cash! My oldest kids love it best, but even my youngest loves going to the store and picking out just what she wants.

Crow1289751763.03316005 PostsRegistered 11/16/2007Turn left and keep drivin'

Most kids love to receive cash or gift cards, IMO.

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RedTop1289751826.1375459 PostsRegistered 9/1/2010

For our neice and nephews who are between the ages of 9 and 17, we depend on gift cards. We have no idea what they like as far as being able to shop for them, so we let them shop for themselves. Movie gift certificates are also nice for teenagers.

imaclothes­hog1289751925.15723660 PostsRegistered 2/12/2006

I am pretty much giving my kids cash this year, it's so hard to buy for them and I definitely don't want to buy things for them that will never wear or use, that would be total waste of money plus I want them to be happy with their gifts. They are always happy with cash and gift cards to their favorite stores.

I will give them a few small gifts I pick out for them however the majority of the money spent for them will be given in gift cards and cash.

"If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it". ~Erma Bombeck

magic61289752038.03631 PostsRegistered 7/18/2010Wisconsin

That is what I am going to do this Christmas for my grandchildren. Because they can get something they really want.They are 19 17 16 13 12. then we have a 5 month old. She will get things she can use from us.


julies1289752049.011268 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007MA

I have 3 kids, ages 9-14, and they love getting cash!

It is very difficult for me to give ideas to people for xmas, sometimes I don't have enough ideas for myself!

However, I did tell my MIL 2 of my kids' favorite stores for her to buy them gift cards to. The 3rd child LOVES cash, and is always low on it.

Maybe gift cards could be an alternative to cash. I would ask their parents.

Qshoppingq­ueen1289752057.32729 PostsRegistered 6/16/2005

Thank you for the replies. I may give the older ones gift cards, but the 3 little ones I'm still undecided on.

shorelady1289752157.3372971 PostsRegistered 12/27/2005

A token gift for them to unwrap along with a gift card to the stores where they may be able to pick out age-appropriate gifts for themselves would be nice (stores such as Kohl's, Target, etc. all have departments, including toys, that would appeal to all ages).

Other than my grandchildren, I don't have to buy Christmas gifts for other children any longer. I, too, was always faced with the same dilemma.....they already had those gifts or weren't "into" the theme of what I bought.

AnikaBrodie1289752329.23716122 PostsRegistered 1/29/2008The NE state of mountains and valleys

I give our two god-daughters cash and personal gifts each Christmas.

Kids love cash. Most likely the 15 year old would not appreciate any clothing you purchased. Even 5 year olds like to choose their own clothing. So, I'd give cash and get a small personal gift. That should work ...

~~~The Silver Fox ~~~
“There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." ~~ Edith Wharton

Qshoppingq­ueen1289752449.87329 PostsRegistered 6/16/2005

I'm thinking a cute little purse with some money in it for the 5, 6 and 7 yr olds. (I'd like a cute purse with some money in it myself)Smile.

Qshoppingq­ueen1289752520.51329 PostsRegistered 6/16/2005

Actually a cute wallet with some money in it would be good for the older ones too.

SusieEliza­beth1289752841.6935451 PostsRegistered 3/14/2009The Buckeye State

My kids love getting cash! My middle child, (age 3), just had his birthday party yesterday and many of his aunts and uncles gave him cash. He is so excited because later today he gets to go to the store and pick out a toy with his birthday money!

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chickenbutt1289753346.82327096 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I'm one who never thought cash was a tacky gift. In fact, cash is my all-time favorite gift to this day. I have a great time getting through Nov & Dec between birthday money and christmas money that I receive. (these are from my father & husband)

Since I love love love Amazon, a friend gave me an amazon gift cert for my birthday. Can't beat that! I spend more money there than anywhere. But straight-up cash is also a very welcome gift (NOT that I solicit gifts, as I do not) for me.

I think that kidlets enjoy that too because they, like me, usually know exactly the things they would like to have. The cash gives them the power to make decisions and acquire things they would like to have but did not before they had cash in hand.

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issiestorm1289753834.473349 PostsRegistered 9/5/2010

As a kid, I always liked getting cash. I know what I like and other people don't, and my tastes were never conventional.

4paws1289754573.51322685 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

My grandkids love getting gift cards (somehow cash never gets to the toy store) so they can pick out their own gifts.

julies1289756992.061268 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007MA
On 11/14/2010 Qshoppingqueen said:

Actually a cute wallet with some money in it would be good for the older ones too.

Unless you really know their taste, I might think twice about getting the older girls wallets.

Little girls are alot easier to please in that dept., but the older ones can be really picky.

My 12 yr old daughter bought a wallet while we were vacationing this summer, and it was nothing I would have picked for her.

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ratdog1111289770467.1214924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008


Have fun!

occasional­rain1289772399.5718061 PostsRegistered 8/21/2007

Cash and gift cards (cash with strings attached) are more like paying a bill. You owe a gift, the recipient is more concerned with getting what they want than the person who chose the gift, so you give cash or cash with strings attached gift cards and the obligation is met without bother or fuss and everyones happy.

Doesn't seem like Christmas to me. No surprise, no special gift that reminds one of the giver for years to come, nothing special at all.

missy11289772925.09333985 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007

gift card

BonnieBelle1289773290.15320116 PostsRegistered 4/13/2007

No, I do not. I do the same thing with the nieces in my family, I have three, ages 25, 6, and 2 and two nephews ages 1 and 26 and I give them all cash. I also like to get cash, LOL!Smile

heartkeeper1289775408.391984 PostsRegistered 1/27/2007

It's ok to give cash. The recipient can spend it on whatever they want. With cash there's no wrong style, color, or size.

CoffeeNut1289775596.107233 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Cash is good. What I do is get a small little stuffed teddy bear, then rubberband a 20 dollar bill around the neck like a bowtie. It's always a hit.

ratdog1111289775872.9514924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

Once I bought small red metal picture frames and framed $20 bills.

I used sticky letters (from the scrapbooking aisle) to write "In Case of Emergency Break Glass" and I tied a small wooden mallet [actually it was a wood peg] to each frame.

busygirl1289776259.1972266 PostsRegistered 5/24/2007

What I am doing this year is giving cash, gift card and a present to open for the grand kids. I spend way too much shipping things out so this year I am sending more of the cash and gift cards and down the road probably just gift cards and cash and let the parents pick something out for them. The older they get the harder it is to know what to buy them and they are out of town so I have not idea what they even have.

CoffeeNut1289776546.277233 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 11/14/2010 ratdog215 said:

Once I bought small red metal picture frames and framed $20 bills.

I used sticky letters (from the scrapbooking aisle) to write "In Case of Emergency Break Glass" and I tied a small wooden mallet [actually it was a wood peg] to each frame.

That is a really cute idea.

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